100 film facts about me
I had a fun time putting this list together, a meme which has been circling the web for the past few weeks at among others And So It Begins, Cinematic Corner, Inspired Ground, Let's Be Splendid About This , Taste of Cinema I hope you enjoy reading mine, and get to know me a little better. And no, that's not me and my dog on the fire truck, I'm not THAT old, can you guess what movie?
So, on to the first one...
1: I still own lots of VHS tapes and don't care abot the picture quality issue
2: Love the scenes when Ned (Stephen Tobolowsky) keeps approaching Phil (Bill Murray) in Groundhog Day over and over...and over
3: A guy from my school used to walk like Ace Ventura (for fun). Good thing he didn't make the most annoying sound in the world...
4: I don’t get the love and acclaim for Melancholia, which is to me is Lars Von Trier's most uninteresting film for years
5: I think Antichrist is misunderstood
6: Seldom watch movies on TV anymore, because the selection on youtube is amazing.
7: Prefer to view films by myself, when I see them with a crowd I only take in 75%
8: I love 80s movies, because I grew up in the 80s
9: I think Jim Jarmusch is overrated, except Ghost Dog, first half of Night on Earth, and a few random scenes from Coffee and Cigarettes
10: The Big Lebowski (1998) I really wanted to like, just don't get the appeal. Sorry
11: I regret calling my site movies and songs. Mainly because I found out afterwards that the term "movie" is inferior to "film". I guess calling my posts Film reviews gives them more esteem ( :
12: Excessive swearing and extreme violence turns me off, in movies, and in the real world.(explains why I hate Kill Bill vol 1, Goodfellas, and Tyrannosaur)
13: Despite hating violence, I am strangely fascinated by Patrick Bateman. There is no "why" with him
14: At Christmas or birthdays I usually give friends and family dvds or bluray
15: I spend too many hours in front of my laptop every day
16: During 2012 I have watched a great deal of movies recommended to me by fellow bloggers, and will continue to do so.
17: Watching movies I use for escape, to inspire, to educate, to challenge me. To experience what I'm unable to experience (sailing on the Titanic comes to mind)
18: I wish that was me in Before Sunrise, or at the conclusion of Midnight in Paris
19: Every year I threaten not to watch the oscars because too mainstream, but I always watch anyway
20: I think Josh Brolin is a talented impersonator, George Bush, MIB3, next stop an oscar?
21: I bashed the Social Network and Inception, but because 2010 was a poor year for cinema, both films feature in my top 10
22: My dad introduced me to 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Sting, and Sophie's Choice.
23: My mum loves Scent of A Woman
24: My sister didn't start watching movies until she was almost 20, and her film knowledge is limited. Besides movies, she's smarter than I am
25: I love the last 10 minutes of About Schmidt
26: The tears in the rain speech from Blade Runner makes me all emotional too
27: I have seen most of the IMDB top 250, except the westerns and animated films
28: I like to analyze and dissect films. Interestingly, the best ones, you can't figure out. Because that's what a masterpiece of art is.
29: I watched all the Bond movies before I was a teenager, and today I find them a little childish.
30: Even though a film is a favorite of mine, I couldn't watch it more than ten times, then I would get bored.
31: I have a poor memory, soo if five years has passed, I often don't remember the plot (a good thing I suppose for a lover of films)
32: The first film I recall is The Wizard of Oz, the witch was the scariest thing I had seen up until that point
33: I used to be able to instantly answer what year a film was from, that had been made in my life time. After I stopped reading tv-schedule my powers are not as effective
34: I love reading director on director interview books. Fascinating
35: The disturbing scene listening to the radio in Wild At Heart I believe sums up why I dislike the news media today (of course exaggerated in Lynch's film)
36: I love screenshots
37: I think Seth Rogen is a pain, and really annoying, especially his laugh
38: I once wanted to buy an Alfa Romeo GTV6 as seen driven in the car chase in Octopussy (1983). Sadly the car model drinks a lot of gas I discovered.
39: I think David Lynch got ideas from Tom Waits lyrics, and Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins
40: I love the moment in The Shawshank Redemption when Red (Morgan Freeman) finds the box by the wall and looks over his shoulder to ensure nobody is spying on him
41: I wonder if I will ever reach a point when there are no more good films left
42: In The Space Capsule (The Love Theme) from Flash Gordon, makes me feel like a child again. I don't hestitate to name it THE most underrated film on IMDB...Flash Gordon (1980) is as good as Star Wars in my opinion.
43: When I was very young (before the age of ten) I misunderstood the ocean diving scene in Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981). "This is 3000 years old". I thought they were talking about the submarine, duh...the statues obviously, how stupid can you get
44: My favorite Bond movie is A View To A Kill, despite being unrealistic, and one of the most hated by critics and bloggers. That villain (Christoper Walken), the sidekick (Grace Jones) and the beautiful love interest (Tanya Roberts) are why. oh and Roger Moore is my favorite Bond.
45: My favorite movie year is 1999
46: I think too much analysis can ruin a movie that was simply there to entertain. Do you enjoy Prometheus more by ripping it apart? I think you might enjoy it less. So why am I discussing it all over the web? Hmm...
47: The opinions I value the most about films are what my parents think.
48: I have never thrown away a dvd (yet)
49: I'm a very nostalgic person, like the teenager is in Catcher in The Rye. I'm just not angry as he is.
50: Saw Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner 3 times in cinema in 1991, a record for me.
51: I have hardly seen any of the classic westerns
52: The best new film I saw in 2012 was the documentary Dreams of a Life (2011)
53: Jim Carrey is not funny anymore. maybe I grew up, or he ran out of ideas
54: I love great dialogue, cinematography, and originality depicted on film.
55: William Friedkin has the coolest voice ever by a director
56: David Lynch has the most annoying voice of all the directors. I still love his films luckily. With that in mind, incomprehensible how Lynch's Stone's Gone Up ended up as my 2nd favorite song of 2011...I guess I can tolerate his vocal if the music is good. Notice how I'm having a little argument with myself here ( :
57: I am an introvert and can relate to what David Lynch said to Mark Cousins: "I didn't like being in the world so much, out in the world, I like being inside"
58: I don't think there are enough films starring characters in their early 30s
59: There are too many films about teenagers and 20somethings
60: I'd like to see a movie adaptation of What I loved by Siri Hustvedt, the story is so visual, among my favorite books of all time.
61: I don't know why I blog anymore
62: Asked to recommend an obscure film to see, for girls I would name My Life Without Me (2003)
63: I may go insane if someone uses the words "glad" or "thanks!" in comments...kidding of course...Or am I? ( :
64: When I sat down for Indiana Jones 4 in the theatre, I could barely concentrate because fat guy in next seet smelt so bad
65: I love to be challenged by a film, but often I don't have the energy and settle for being entertained
66: My least favorite types of movies are westerns, gangster, and animation (There are exceptions)
67: I enjoy finding obscure films, which is like finding buried treasure
68: If my life was a movie it would not get made
69: My favorite film was Fight Club as an 18-year-old. Today I don't have "a favorite", many favorites.
70: If I could meet a celebrity in heaven from the world of film, my choice would be Kieslowski or Kubrick (both dead)
71: I'm addicted to "Five Favorite Films" each week on rotten tomatoes
72: I think Tilda Swinton is a wooden actor like Keanu Reeves, even so love several of their films
73: Recently I was told I have child-like curiosity, I hope I never lose that
74: Once whn a family member was yelling about something important, I commented " oscar moment..!"
75: I don't think there should be any more Terminator films with Arnold Schwarzenegger. If there are, I will watch them, though.
76: My favorite actors are Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti, Bill Murray, Corey Feldman, Roger Moore, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, etc.
77: My favorite actresses are Naomi Watts, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Keener, Winona Ryder, Sarah Polley, etc.
78: I won two awards: Liebster blog award, and 7x7 award. Will there be more?
79: The ending of The Shining is the greatest ever, or maybe 2001: A Space Odyssey. Either way, three cheers for Kubrick. Genius
80: I don't understand the logic of Robin Williams or John Travolta in terms of picking scripts.
81: The mother in Hitchcock's Psycho is the scariest thing I saw on film as a teenager.
82: Only once did I give a film a 10/10 score, Fight Club
83: I like The Dark Knight (2008), but love Batman (1989) more.
84: Scarlett Johansson should start making indie movies again, shame she's gone mainstream
85: Feel the same way about Edward Norton...(Moonrise Kingdom is a step in the right direction...)
86: and Ethan Hawke...Untitled Before Sunset Sequel (2013) is also promising
87: I love Catherine Keener's facial expressions in Nicole Holofcener movies...
88: The film that took my breath away for special effects in cinema was Titanic (1997) I sat in the front row close to screen. WOW. I was onboard, and survived! However I feel bad that the casualties are there as popcorn entertainment.
89: The time I laughed the hardest at a film this year was when they said "beloved those who sit down" in Songs from the Second Floor
90: Movie I thought I would love and disliked was Brick (2005)
91: Oscar-winning film I hated: The Barbarian Invasions
92: Favorite directors: Lynch, Kubrick, Kieslowski, Mike Leigh, etc
93: Never understood Memento, until it was explained
94: My favorite films as an 8-year-old were The Neverending Story and The Goonies.
95: No Country for Old Men is not THAT good. I kind of...maybe...don't love the Coen brothers, so that more or less explains my reaction.
96: I never notice The Wall (1982) ANYWHERE in the blogosphere. Why? Amazing film
97: or Birdy (1984)...
98: or Siblings (2004)...
99: or Unrelated (2007)...
100: or What Happened Was (1994)...Am I the only one who has found these gems?
I'm done for the summer...as they said in the old PC game Street Rod...Feel free to write your own 100 facts, or as many as you can manage. Thoughts, readers? Let me know in the comments!